By Lawani Mikairu
Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu weekend stated the company will implement flight spacing in any respect its airports as no two flights can be allowed to depart on the identical time.
Yadudu defined that the brand new flight spacing technique is to keep up security because of the present Covid-19 pandemic within the nation. He additionally stated the brand new technique won’t disrupt any of the airline’s schedules, however to make sure complete security of passengers.
According to him, FAAN had knowledgeable the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, of its plan, which he stated would limit a number of departures of flights from the identical terminal on the identical time.
Captain Yadudu stated: “We have already told NCAA that we are going to space the flights. No two airlines will depart at the same time from our airports. The spacing is not to make things difficult for the operators, but to protect their staff and other users of our airports”.
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“It is not going to be unnecessary spacing. Like I told them, it is not a slot, but just spacing of flights.”
On the insufficient area on the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, Yadudu revealed that plans have been on to extend its capability by about 200 per cent with the development of fabricated supplies inside the facility and this could be prepared very quickly.
“At GAT, we have now additionally erected a big cover for individuals to remain in case of rain. We even have sanitizers and gear to check their temperature on the airport and others within the nation. Our faucet water has sensors to attenuate contact.
“We are discussing with some companies to enlarge the GAT with fabricated materials because we don’t have time for concrete work, which may take another five months to complete. The expansion of the GAT will lead to 200 per cent in the hall capacity.”
He additionally revealed that about 85 to 90 per cent of the company’s workers had been educated by World Health Organisation (W/H.O) on operational and response time on Covid-19 pandemic, together with 100 per cent of its workers at Owerri Airport.
The FAAN boss additional stated that the administration adopted to the letter all of the protocols on Covid-19 pandemic and advisory round from NCAA, including that the company elevated its efficiency by growing the necessities.
He stated: “No airport in Nigeria has 100 per cent of its staff trained by W.H.O and Port Health on Covid-19 pandemic, but we achieved that with Owerri Airport. All our staff at Owerri airport are trained 100 per cent with certificates issues. Overall, about 85 to 90 per cent of our staff have been trained and we want to achieve 100 per cent training for all”.
Captain Yadudu additionally disclosed that FAAN was putting in clear shields in entrance all airline counters working from its terminal in a bid to minimise bodily contacts, including that sporting of face masks and different protocols by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) could be made obligatory.
At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, Yadudu emphasised that FAAN would open two arrival halls for extra comfort of passengers.